Pam: I named my company Mazie Summers Soap after my paternal grandmother, Mazie. She was born in 1904 and had nine children. She was thrifty, hard-working and definitely adhered to the rule of "Use it up, Make it do, or do without."
ELF: How long have you been crafting/creating?
Pam: I've been making soap and soap-related products for four years after I decided to try soap one year for Christmas gifts.ELF: What got you started crafting/creating?
Pam: I can't remember a time when I did not find myself involved in some sort of craft just because that's what the women in my family did. My grandmother was a seamstress who learned her way around a sewing machine working in a slip factory. My mother sewed and could also draw and paint. As a home schooling family, it was important to me that my own girls' education include activities that fostered creativity and search for what exactly their "bent" was. We were always exploring all kinds of needlework, basket weaving calligraphy, candle-making soap making, and other crafts.
ELF: What aspect of the ELF Fair are you most excited about?
Pam: For the biggest part of the year I sell at local farmers' markets. I have my loyal fans there, but for the most part the customers are there for produce. Craftspeople sometimes feel like the red headed stepchildren at farmers' markets. What's exciting about ELF is that the folks that come out have a keen desire and appreciation for artisan hand crafted products!
ELF: Do you have a favorite crafting or art website or blog? Pam: I like http://craftgawker.com/
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